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Frances Hyde Gambrel

October 26, 1938 — October 17, 2023

Frances Hyde Gambrel, age 84, of Middlesboro, KY, went to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. She was born on October 26, 1938, in Middlesboro, KY, to the late Henry and Lena Hyde.  

Frances graduated from Middlesboro High School and attended Lincoln Memorial University. From her teen years, she was active in the music department in church. She has served on various church committees and as a Sunday school teacher. She was a devout Bible student, having read the New Testament 14 times, the Old Testament 10 times, the Book of Psalms 21 times, and having spent countless hours listening to Bible passages and studying for her teaching. In 1981, Frances was a charter member of the Bell County Historical Society and held several official roles.  

In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Earl Gambrel; siblings, Bob Hyde, Bruce Sowders, Milton Hyde, Ina Schneider, Bennie Mae Barton, and Mary B. Conley; nieces, Janet Sue Hyde and Nancy Price; and nephews, Fred Barton, Phil Barton and Gerald Barton.  

Frances is survived by her son, Michael Earl (Lisa) Gambrel; grandsons, David Earl (Laura) Gambrel and Shawn Michael (Cortney) Gambrel; one great-grandson, who she loved dearly, James Michael Gambrel; nieces, Bobbie Ann Lynch and Gwen Barton; nephew, James David (Cindy) Conley; as well as many other family members she loved.  

The family of Frances Hyde Gambrel will receive friends on Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Cawood Funeral Home Chapel, Middlesboro, KY.  Funeral services will immediately follow at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Vernon Willard presiding.  Music will be provided by Shawn and Cortney Gambrel.  
A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.  

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All arrangements for Frances Hyde Gambrel are under the care of Cawood Funeral Home, Middlesboro, KY.

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